Lead into the Desert: Dune

Ella Ray (2021-2022), Co-Managing Editor

When watching a movie, the audience expects to be pulled out of their reality and into a completely new one. Luckily, director Denis Villenueve’s film Dune does just that. Making an adaptation from David Lynch’s 1984 sci-fi film, Villenueve is able to cook up a thrilling adventure topped with intense action, intriguing supernatural elements, and strong relationships.

Paul Atreides, played by Timothee Chalamet, is sent to one of the most dangerous planets in the entire universe, known as Dune, to fight for the future survival of his people. Atreides must gather all of his power in order to obtain the planet’s compelling resources to prevent the extinction of the human race. Sacrifices will need to be made and fear will need to be conquered to reign victorious in this wild journey.

With award-winning actors like Zendaya Coleman and Oscar Issac accompanying Chalamet along with Villenueve’s talented directing skills, the cast is able to gift the audience with their wide range of emotions, tugging the heartstrings with every scene. Although the film contains a heavy, detailed dialogue, the actors are able to make it understandable and even relatable to the audience through precise diction and revealing facial expressions. The film is taken to the next level with its glorifying explosions in the space setting. The screen is constantly filled with a simple yet classy color spectrum, ranging from the neutral sands of the desert to the arctic blue sky.

With its transformative acting and mesmerizing visuals, Dune creates an alternate universe that is so vivid that it provides the audience with an experience that they will never forget.  Since the film is a part of a trilogy, Villenueve leaves the audience begging for more. The cliffhangers cause viewers to count down the days when the next film is released. The suspense drastically spikes the amount of attention the movie receives along with the talented staff and quality of the props as well as the setting.